Cinnamon Rolls with Cream Cheese Frosting

Cinnamon Rolls with Cream Cheese Frosting

There’s something truly special about the aroma of homemade cinnamon rolls wafting through the kitchen, signaling that a delicious treat is on the horizon. Today, we are excited to share our favorite cinnamon roll recipe with a decadent cream cheese frosting that will elevate your baking game to new heights. This recipe is the one my mother made us growing up. Bruce has notched it up with the addition of cream cheese frosting.

Preparing the Dough: To kick off your adventure, you’ll need to prepare the dough. In a large mixing bowl, combine bread flour, sugar, and instant yeast. This combination forms the perfect base for fluffy and tender rolls. Next, warm some milk and melt butter, then add them to the dry ingredients. Mix until a soft dough forms, then knead it on a lightly floured surface until it becomes smooth and elastic. Let the dough rise in a warm place until doubled in size – patience is key here!

Creating the Cinnamon Sugar Filling: While the dough is rising, it’s time to prepare the heavenly cinnamon sugar filling. In a bowl, mix together brown sugar and cinnamon until well combined. This aromatic blend will infuse each bite of your cinnamon rolls with irresistible flavor. Once the dough has doubled in size, roll it out into a rectangle on a lightly floured surface. Spread softened butter generously over the surface, then sprinkle the cinnamon sugar mixture evenly on top.

Rolling and Cutting: Now comes the fun part – rolling up the dough into luscious spirals of cinnamon goodness. Starting from one long edge, carefully roll the dough into a tight cylinder. Once rolled, use bench scraper to cut the cylinder into individual rolls. Place these rolls in a buttered baking dish, leaving a little space between each one to allow room for rising.

Letting Them Rise: Cover the baking dish with plastic wrap and let the cinnamon rolls rise once again until they’re puffy and doubled in size. This second rise is essential for achieving those light and airy rolls that we all crave.

Baking to Perfection: Once the rolls have risen, it’s time to bake them to golden perfection. Preheat your oven to the perfect temperature, then pop those rolls in and let them work their magic. In just a matter of minutes, your kitchen will be filled with the irresistible scent of freshly baked cinnamon rolls.

Cream Cheese Frosting: While the rolls are cooling slightly, whip up a batch of cream cheese frosting. In a bowl, beat together cream cheese, softened butter, powdered sugar, and a splash of vanilla extract until smooth and creamy.

Indulge and Enjoy: Now that your cinnamon rolls are baked to perfection and adorned with creamy frosting, it’s time to indulge. Grab a warm roll, sink your teeth into its soft layers, and savor the irresistible combination of cinnamon, sugar, and cream cheese.

Ingredients for Cinnamon Rolls:

  1. Warm Milk: Warm milk helps activate the yeast, allowing the dough to rise properly and giving the cinnamon rolls a light, fluffy texture.
  2. Instant Dry Yeast: Yeast is the leavening agent responsible for causing the dough to rise, resulting in soft and airy cinnamon rolls.
  3. Eggs: Eggs provide structure and moisture to the dough, contributing to its texture and richness.
  4. Salted Butter (melted and cooled): Butter adds flavor and richness to the dough while also providing moisture, resulting in tender cinnamon rolls.
  5. All-Purpose Flour: Flour is the main ingredient in the dough, providing structure and texture to the cinnamon rolls.
  6. Salt: Salt enhances the flavor of the dough and helps to regulate yeast activity.
  7. Granulated Sugar: Sugar not only sweetens the dough but also provides food for the yeast, aiding in the fermentation process and contributing to the rise of the dough.

Ingredients for Filling:

  1. Butter (softened but not melted): Butter adds richness and flavor to the filling, ensuring a luscious, gooey center in the cinnamon rolls.
  2. Brown Sugar: Brown sugar adds sweetness and moisture to the filling, creating a caramel-like consistency when baked.
  3. Cinnamon: Cinnamon provides the signature warm and aromatic flavor that makes cinnamon rolls irresistible.
  4. Heavy Cream: Heavy cream adds richness and helps bind the filling ingredients together, resulting in a decadent and creamy texture.

Ingredients for Cream Cheese Frosting:

  1. Cream Cheese (softened): Cream cheese forms the base of the frosting, providing a tangy and creamy flavor that complements the sweetness of the cinnamon rolls.
  2. Butter (softened): Butter adds richness and a smooth consistency to the frosting, ensuring it spreads easily.
  3. Powdered Sugar: Powdered sugar sweetens the frosting and helps thicken it to the desired consistency.
  4. Vanilla Extract: Vanilla extract enhances the flavor of the frosting with its warm and aromatic notes.
  5. Heavy Cream or Half and Half: Heavy cream or half and half are added to adjust the consistency of the frosting, making it smooth and spreadable.

Instructions

For the Dough:

  • Add milk to a bowl and warm in microwave. It should be warm to the touch, not hot. If it is hot it can kill the yeast.
  • Whisk the yeast into the warm milk and let stand for 3-4 minutes.
  • Melt 9 tablespoons of butter in a heat safe measuring cup with a spout, allow to cool.
  • Mix flour, salt and sugar in a large mixing bowl.
  • Whisk eggs and butter into milk mixture.
  • Pour wet ingredients over the dry and blend until the dough comes together. A firm rubber spatula or plastic bench scraper works well.
  • Turn dough out onto lightly floured counter and gently knead until the dough is firm but still a little sticky. This should take about 3-4 minutes.
  • Lightly coat a large bowl with vegetable oil. Place the dough into the oiled bowl and cover with a moist dish towel. Set the bowl in a warm place until the dough has doubled in size about 1 hour.

Prepare filling:

  • Prepare the filling by mixing the brown sugar and cinnamon in a medium bowl.

Time to Roll:

  • Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured counter. Using a rolling pin, roll the dough out into a rectangle.  You want the dough to be about 3/8 inch thick. Just eyeball this.
  • Spread the softened butter onto the dough. I like to use my hands.
  • Sprinkle the brown sugar mixture over the butter. Make sure that coverage is even, but not all the way on one edge.
  • Starting on the long end, roll the dough up firmly, tucking the ends in as you go.
  • Cut into 12 slices and place in a greased 9×13 baking pan. Cover the pan with plastic wrap that has been sprayed with oil and allow the rolls to rise for 1 hour or until nearly double.

Allow rolls to rise again:

  • Cover the pan with plastic wrap that has been sprayed with oil.
  • Place rolls in a warm dark area for an hour to allow to double in size.

 

Bake rolls:

  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  • Warm the heavy cream until the chill is off-just sit it out on countertop for at least 30 minutes.
  • Once the rolls have risen, pour the heavy cream over the top of the rolls, allowing it to soak down in and around the rolls.
  • Bake at 375 degrees for 20-25 minutes, until the rolls are lightly golden brown and the center rolls are cooked through.
  • Rotate the rolls at 10 minutes. If they are getting too browned, cover loosely with foil for the remaining baking time.
  • To ensure rolls are baked check that internal temprature is at least 190 F.
Hand with a sweather holding a plate with a frosted cinnamon roll and a pan of cinnamon rolls

Cinnamon Rolls with Cream Cheese Frosting

Prep Time: 2 hours 20 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 45 minutes
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cinnamon rolls, cream cheese, frosting
Servings: 12 rolls
Calories: 935kcal
Author: Bruce and Dina

Equipment

  • bowl
  • Whisk
  • Large bowl
  • Pyrex measuring cup with a spout
  • Rubber spatula
  • bench scraper

Ingredients

For the Dough:

  • 1 ½ cup warm milk about 110 degrees F
  • 4 teaspoons instant dry yeast
  • 3 eggs at room temperature
  • 9 Tbls salted butter melted and cooled
  • 6 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar

For the Filling:

  • 2 sticks butter softened but not melted
  • 3 1/2 cups brown sugar packed
  • 5 Tbls cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream

For the Frosting:

  • 8 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 1/2 cup salted butter softened
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 Tbls heavy cream or half and half

Instructions

For the Dough:

  • Add milk to a bowl and warm in microwave. It should be warm to the touch, not hot. If it is hot it can kill the yeast.
  • Whisk the yeast into the warm milk and let stand for 3-4 minutes. 
  • Melt 9 tablespoons of butter in a heat safe measuring cup with a spout, allow to cool.
  • Mix flour, salt and sugar in a large mixing bowl. 
  • Whisk eggs and butter into milk mixture. 
  • Pour wet ingredients over the dry and blend until the dough comes together. A firm rubber spatula or plastic bench scraper works well. 
  • Turn dough out onto lightly floured counter and gently knead until the dough is firm but still a little sticky. This should take about 3-4 minutes. 
  • Lightly coat a large bowl with vegetable oil. Place the dough into the oiled bowl and cover with a moist dish towel. Set the bowl in a warm place until the dough has doubled in size about 1 hour. 

Prepare filling:

  • Prepare the filling by mixing the brown sugar and cinnamon in a medium bowl. 

Roll out cinnamon rolls:

  • Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured counter. Using a rolling pin, roll the dough out into a rectangle.  You want the dough to be about 3/8 inch thick. Just eyeball this.
  • Spread the softened butter onto the dough. I like to use my hands. 
    hands adding butter to dough for cinnamon rolls
  • Sprinkle the brown sugar mixture over the butter. Make sure that coverage is even, but not all the way on one edge.
  • Starting on the long end, roll the dough up firmly, tucking the ends in as you go.  
  • Cut into 12 slices and place in a greased 9×13 baking pan. Cover the pan with plastic wrap that has been sprayed with oil and allow the rolls to rise for 1 hour or until nearly double. 
    cutting cinnamon rolls with a bench scraper

Bake rolls:

  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. 
  • Warm the heavy cream until the chill is off. Once the rolls have risen, pour the heavy cream over the top of the rolls, allowing it to soak down in and around the rolls. 
    cinnamon rolls raised and covered with cream
  • Bake at 375 degrees for 20-22 minutes, until the rolls are lightly golden brown and the center rolls are cooked through. Rotate the rolls at 10 minutes. If they are getting too browned, cover loosely with foil for the remaining baking time. 
    baked cinnamon rolls in a pan
  • Rotate the rolls at 10 minutes. If they are getting browned, cover loosely with foil for the remaining baking time. 
  • Check internal temp on the rolls to ensure they are at 185 F. This will ensure that the dough is fully baked.

Prepare Frosting:

  • In a medium mixing bowl blend the softened cream cheese and butter until smooth using a hand mixer or stand mixer. Slowly add powdered sugar.
  • Add vanilla. Add enough cream until desired consistency is reached. 
  • Spread the frosting over the warm rolls.
    cinnamon rolls with cream cheese frosting and a knife

Nutrition

Serving: 1roll | Calories: 935kcal | Carbohydrates: 154g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 19g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 124mg | Sodium: 534mg | Potassium: 318mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 97g | Vitamin A: 1094IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 177mg | Iron: 4mg
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  1. Summery Freshness: Peaches impart a delightful, juicy sweetness to the cake, evoking the essence of summer. Their vibrant flavor and aroma elevate the cake, making it a perfect treat for warm, sunny days.
  2. Versatility: Peach cake can be enjoyed in various forms, from simple tea cakes to elaborate layer cakes or upside-down cakes. Its versatility allows for creativity in presentation and flavor combinations, making it suitable for any occasion.
  3. Texture and Flavor: The combination of tender cake crumb and juicy peach slices offers a satisfying contrast in texture. The sweetness of the peaches complements the buttery richness of the cake, creating a harmonious blend of flavors that is both comforting and indulgent.

How to Store

Storing these is simple:

  • Be sure to allow to completely cool before storing.
  • We do not frost all of the cinnamon rolls, so we store the frosting in a seperate air tight container.
  • Store rolls in an air tight container, or wrapped in foil.
  • Both may be kept for up to one week, in the fridge.

Reheating

These are great re-heated for a snack later in the week

  • Re-heat in by placing on a plate, and microwaving at half power for 30 seconds.
  • May also place a cinnamon roll on foil and place in 350 F. oven for 15 minutes.
  • If keeping cream cheese frosting seperate, add after cinnamon roll is heated up;

FAQs

Here are three frequently asked questions about chocolate cupcakes with buttercream frosting:

  1. Can I make the cupcakes and frosting ahead of time? Yes, you can! Both the cupcakes and buttercream frosting can be made ahead of time. Simply store the unfrosted cupcakes in an airtight container at room temperature for up to two days, or freeze them for longer storage. The buttercream frosting can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week or in the freezer for up to three months. When you’re ready to enjoy them, allow the cupcakes to come to room temperature and whip the frosting briefly to restore its creamy texture.
  2. Can I use a different type of cocoa powder for the cupcakes? Yes, you can use different types of cocoa powder, but it may affect the flavor and texture of the cupcakes slightly. Dutch-processed cocoa powder is preferred for its smoother, milder flavor and darker color. If you use natural cocoa powder instead, you may need to adjust the leavening agents in the recipe, as natural cocoa powder is more acidic. It’s best to stick to the type of cocoa powder specified in the recipe for the best results.
  3. How do I achieve a smooth and fluffy buttercream frosting? To achieve a smooth and fluffy buttercream frosting, it’s important to start with softened butter and sifted confectioner’s sugar. Beat the softened butter in a stand mixer or with a hand mixer until it’s creamy and smooth. Gradually add the sifted confectioner’s sugar, beating well after each addition, until the frosting is light and fluffy. If the frosting is too thick, you can add a small amount of heavy cream or milk to thin it out to your desired consistency. Be sure to beat the frosting for several minutes to incorporate air and achieve a fluffy texture.

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Comments

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  2. Aubrey Reply

    5 stars
    These cinnamon rolls were absolutely delicious! Will definitely be making again soon.

    • Dina and Bruce at the Golden Gate Bridge

      Bruce and Dina Miller Reply

      Aubrey,

      So glad you liked them! Thank you for the review!!

      Dina and Bruce

  3. suja md Reply

    5 stars
    This looks amazing and such a treat! Thank you!

  4. Tara Reply

    5 stars
    Oooh, such a wonderful start to the day. The cinnamon rolls look absolutely amazing, especially with all that cream cheese frosting.

  5. Beth Reply

    5 stars
    These cinnamon rolls are fantastic! I love their soft, fluffy texture, and there’s SO MUCH frosting! Oh, they’re good.

  6. Sky Reply

    5 stars
    Super soft and fluffy! These didn’t last long before they were gobbled up.

  7. Tayler Reply

    5 stars
    I made these cinnamon rolls for breakfast this morning and OMG were they delicious! Nothing better than homemade cinnamon rolls

  8. Harriet Young Reply

    5 stars
    Yummy! This recipe was so easy to follow and the results were delicious. Thank you!

  9. Fiona Maclean Reply

    5 stars
    This is just too unfair! Once I’ve made them I eat far, far too many!

  10. Jacqueline Reply

    5 stars
    Oh yes please! These look lush. I have to try them!

  11. Gianne Reply

    5 stars
    The dough was soft and fluffy, and the cinnamon filling was perfectly spiced. The cream cheese frosting was the icing on top – sweet, tangy, and so delicious. Can’t wait to make them again!

  12. Sonia Reply

    5 stars
    Thank you for this recipe – these cinnamon rolls are so comforting and I love the frosting too! Such a tasty treat!!!

  13. Donalyn Reply

    5 stars
    Made these for guests and everyone absolutely loved them – so much rich flavor, and the frosting is creamy and delicious!

  14. Ned Reply

    5 stars
    These are heavenly! I made them over the weekend for my family and the delicious aroma filled the house and everyone just loved these rolls!

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